ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s bid to qualify for the 2024 Women’s Summer Olympics got off to a winning start with a 6-0 win over Chad at Abebe Bikila Stadium.
The Lucy’s played host to their Chadian side on Thursday in the first leg of the first round of the Paris 2024 Olympic African Women’s football qualifiers
Firew Hailegabriel’s side dominated the game, scoring three goals in each half. Messay Temesgen gave the lead to the Lucy’s with a well-taken 13th-minute goal.
Aregash Kalsa slotted the second in the 24th minute and Nardos Getnet added the third two minutes later.
In the second half, Aregash scored her second goal of the match in the 62nd minute. Rediet Asresahegn and Neybony Yien took the scoreline to half a dozen in the last ten minutes of the match.
The results gave the Lucy’s a commanding lead over Chad to progress to the second round of the women’s Olympic qualifiers. The two teams will face off again on Sunday at Abebe Bikila Stadium.
The aggregate winner will play Nigeria in the second round of the tournament which will be played between October 23-31.
Ethiopia Coach: Firew Haile Gabriel
Results: Chad 0 – Ethiopia 6
Scorers: 13′ Messay Temesgen, 24′ 63′ Aregash Kalsa, 26′ Nardos Getnet, 78′ Rediet Asresahegn, 82′ Neybony Yien
Starting lineup: Tarkea Bergrna, Bizuayehu Tadesse, Betelhem Bekele, Birke Ayele, Nardos Getinet, Meadin Sahilu, Mesay Temesgen, Aregash Kalsa, Senaf Wakuma, Redeit Asresahegn, And Loza Abera (Capitain)
2024 Paris Summer Olympics Qualifiers
Two spots are reserved for Africa in the women’s division which will be contested by 25 nations. The qualifiers will be played in four rounds with the first round attracting 18 teams. Seven of the nine winners will meet one of the seven highest-ranked teams at the last Women’s African Cup of Nations in the second round. The other two will face each other.
In men’s qualifiers, the first three African spots were officially concluded in Morocco at the CAF U-23 Africa Cup of Nations when Morocco, Egypt and Mali booked their respective places to the global showpiece next year.
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